Melissa L. Sevigny grew up in Tucson where she fell in love with the ecology and geology of the Sonoran desert. Her writing explores the intersections of science, policy, and history with a focus on the American Southwest. She has worked as a science communicator in the fields of water policy, sustainable agriculture, and planetary science, and a member of NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission team during its operations on Mars. She's the author of two nonfiction books, "Under Desert Skies" and "Mythical River," and won the 2015 Ellen Meloy Award for Desert Writers. She's currently the science reporter for KNAU (Arizona Public Radio) in Flagstaff.